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A little insight into the life of an artist

Many of you may not be aware of the life of an artist. Here is a quick insight of the logistics of selling at shows.

Firstly, an artist enters a show to have their work shown to a wider audience and hopefully make a sale. Their first hurdle is framing. Framing is expensive and there is a very high chance the frame will get damaged during the setting up of a show. You watch organisers holding your work in an unsafe way and your filled with dread and nerves!

Secondly, there are the fees to enter a show – per painting! Sometimes your work gets rejected and so you lose you entry money (its a gamble I tell you!)

Okay – so your work gets in. PHEW! Your work is on the walls and someone buys it. WOOHOO! What a great feeling! (It no doubt is). So the cost of hours of work on the piece, the materials, frames, fees, delivering and picking up adds up right? Yes! But a percentage 20-35% of that sale goes straight back to the show.

But what about the paintings that did not sell? Lucky artist! You’re not allowed to enter them in the same show again! Nor will they except a work painted over a year ago (or a year and a half). They didn’t sell because they were bad works, maybe it was because there wasn’t enough people who attended the show or the right person didn’t cross its path (among other factors).

So, what do you do? You have to enter them somewhere else (which means more fees and more travel). So the artwork literally plays a ring-a-ring-a-rosey game (and expensive one), until it finds its owner or its time of being “shown” (the 1 year- 1.5years) is up.

The great painting gets taken out of its frame, for another. And the circle of artwork begins.

Art Society Newsletter Report

Thought I would add the report that appeared in the December edition of the Nepean Art Society newsletter. It documented my process in completing the demonstration of a colourful sunset boat scene.screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-50-46-am

 

 

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Busy with Commission works

I have been head down, completing commission pieces of late. Most being framed and given as Christmas presents, which is not far away now!

The below watercolor commission, was sent to the USA last week. Selected from a painting on my online gallery, I repainted the piece, including elements that only the gift giver and receiver would understand. I’m glad to be able to capture a special family memory for them.

A family memory commission, 36cm x 27cm/ 14″ x 10.5″ watercolor

I also have completed the following painting for a client, capturing a loved house and it’s amazing surroundings.

36cm x 27cm/ 14″ x 10.5″ watercolor

I was asked to paint a second version ‘Paradise for Kids’ fundraising piece. Which I also have completed recently.

74cm x 37cm/ 29″ x 14.5″ Watercolor

If you would like to inquire about a commission piece, you can contact me here. I also repaint pieces, currently available. Thank you.

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Group Exhibition ‘Artists for Causes’

I was recently involved in a group exhibition ‘Artists for Causes’, fundraising for the charity ‘The Blackdog Institute‘. Here is a quick snap of my display at the show, held in Glenbrook NSW.

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Group Show ‘Artists for Causes’

Fundraising Commission

I recently was commissioned to do a raw piece of work, which would be donated for a fundraising event for ‘Paradise for Kids’. I was happy to see the painting go to live auction at the event, with the winning bid of $5000 raising much needed funds for P4K (Paradise 4 Kids) and their missionary work in Africa.

P4K

P4K

Surprises

I had come down from the Springwood Art Show, where it was a treat to see 3 red dots beside my collection of work there. It’s a great feeling as an artist, to think that someone has really liked my work and will have my painting hanging on their walls.:)

I walked in to collect my Penrith Show paintings and a surprise to me – I had won first place in the watercolour section! While talking about the lovely ribbon that you receive, someone pointed out that behind me, was another one of my works, with another prize on it (‘Council Overall Winner of Painting and Drawing’).

That equals 5 surprises in a matter of hours, and therefore resulting in some very happy (and sore) cheeks for the drive home.

‘Wet Suits’, First in Watercolour at the Penrith Show

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‘By The Window’, Overall Council Winner

August saw the close of the hospital exhibition, ‘Celebrating Life with Watercolours’. Had a couple of sales and took the work down last Friday.

Since my last post, I have completed a number of works. Here are some of them!

Boats on sand in Wareemba Sydney

Wymston Parade, Canada Bay

Gondolas and gondoliers

Lined up

Street scene of Bologna Italy

Bologna, Italy

My next show, will be at the Nepean Spring Exhibit www.nepeanartsociety.org on the 12th – 13th September. Oh, how nice it is Spring at last!